We got a little bit of Marquette women’s basketball recruiting drama on Saturday afternoon, as Milwaukee’s very own Shemera Williams announced that she had trimmed her list of schools that she was considering from 10 to six. As it happens, the Golden Eagles are one of the six left on her list. They’re joined by Virginia, Kansas State, Kentucky, Missouri, and Big East rival DePaul.
Georgia, West Virginia, Minnesota, and Arizona State are the four that Williams removed from consideration. It’s a somewhat interesting four pack to drop, as Georgia and ASU are two of the more traditionally prosperous programs that Williams was considering in the first place. People have different reasons for being interested in different colleges, of course, but it seems that Williams is a little more interested in going somewhere that will allow her to be a part of creating or growing a tradition.
As you can see from the headline at the top of the page, Williams is a top 70 prospect. ESPN’s profile page on Williams lists her as a 5’7” point guard, and marks her as a four-star prospect ranked #42 in the country and the best player in the state of Wisconsin in the class of 2019. Prospects Nation has Williams as a four-star prospect as well, but they have her ranked #61 in the country. That has her as the third best player in the state behind McKenna Warnock and Sydnee Roby.
Through three seasons playing for Milwaukee Academy of Science, Williams has become the 21st player in Wisconsin history to break the 2,000 career points barrier. Yes, she did that during her junior campaign, getting there by averaging 26 points as a freshman, 31.6 points as a sophomore, and — this is not a typo — 39.9 points per game as a junior. According to MaxPreps.com, which measures her at 5’9” by the way, that 39.9 per contest mark was the best scoring average in the country last season. This kind of output isn’t a surprise to the Marquette coaching staff, who offered Williams a scholarship back when she was in 8th grade.
She’s not just a scorer, by the way. Williams is shooting 38% from behind the three-point arc across her prep career, and she’s averaged double-digit rebounds in two of her three seasons of high school ball. Williams is deft with the ball on both sides of the court, averaging 8.2 assists in her three seasons of varsity play, and she’s racking up — again, this is not a typo — 6.1 steals per game.
In short, she is exactly the do-it-all kind of player that would excel in Carolyn Kieger’s up-and-down system.
Would you like to see a highlight reel of one of her triple-doubles from last season?
Williams is one of a trio of top 70 prospects in the class of 2019 that have included Marquette in their cutdown list this summer. Williams was the first, but she was followed by New Yorker Kaelynn Satterfield and Milwaukee native Sydnee Roby in late July. With Jordan King and Destiny Strother already verbally committed to Marquette for 2019, Kieger and her staff has a strong base started for their recruiting class. However, with two spots sitting open right now and six seniors expected to depart after the 2018-19 season, the Golden Eagles are in need of high impact players on their roster 15 months from now.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like going forward.